100 Bible Verses about Criticism

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV / 2,772 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

James 4:11-12 ESV / 2,357 helpful votes

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

James 1:19-20 ESV / 1,911 helpful votes

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

Galatians 6:1 ESV / 1,786 helpful votes

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Ephesians 4:29 ESV / 1,768 helpful votes

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Romans 14:4 ESV / 1,657 helpful votes

Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV / 1,587 helpful votes

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Proverbs 27:6 ESV / 1,482 helpful votes

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

2 Timothy 2:24-25 ESV / 1,457 helpful votes

And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,

Proverbs 15:31 ESV / 1,408 helpful votes

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.

Hebrews 10:24 ESV / 1,229 helpful votes

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Proverbs 29:11 ESV / 1,183 helpful votes

A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

Proverbs 27:17 ESV / 1,161 helpful votes

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 15:1 ESV / 1,118 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Proverbs 27:5-6 ESV / 1,114 helpful votes

Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.

Galatians 5:15 ESV / 1,049 helpful votes

But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Ecclesiastes 5:2 ESV / 1,011 helpful votes

Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV / 1,010 helpful votes

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Proverbs 8:13 ESV / 977 helpful votes

The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

Luke 6:37-38 ESV / 972 helpful votes

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Proverbs 9:8 ESV / 969 helpful votes

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 ESV / 960 helpful votes

Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool's voice with many words.

Matthew 7:1 ESV / 958 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged.

James 2:13 ESV / 953 helpful votes

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Mark 16:1-20 ESV / 948 helpful votes

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. ...

Job 38:2-3 ESV / 947 helpful votes

“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 933 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

Romans 12:19 ESV / 930 helpful votes

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

Acts 7:51 ESV / 916 helpful votes

“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you.

Revelation 3:15-16 ESV / 912 helpful votes

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Proverbs 13:18 ESV / 901 helpful votes

Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored.

Matthew 7:2 ESV / 894 helpful votes

For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

1 Peter 4:8 ESV / 890 helpful votes

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Romans 2:1 ESV / 888 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

2 Peter 1:21 ESV / 874 helpful votes

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV / 874 helpful votes

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

John 8:7 ESV / 857 helpful votes

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

Romans 14:10 ESV / 842 helpful votes

Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God;

Proverbs 9:8-9 ESV / 841 helpful votes

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Matthew 7:12 ESV / 833 helpful votes

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Psalm 23:1-6 ESV / 826 helpful votes

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. ...

Colossians 3:12-14 ESV / 819 helpful votes

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV / 815 helpful votes

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; ...

Revelation 1:1-20 ESV / 808 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood ...

3 John 1:9-10 ESV / 798 helpful votes

I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 776 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Matthew 7:13-14 ESV / 776 helpful votes

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Galatians 5:22-23 ESV / 772 helpful votes

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Proverbs 15:1-2 ESV / 759 helpful votes

A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

Proverbs 12:18 ESV / 758 helpful votes

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Romans 14:13 ESV / 739 helpful votes

Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.

James 5:16 ESV / 737 helpful votes

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

Proverbs 13:20 ESV / 736 helpful votes

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.

Amos 3:3 ESV / 727 helpful votes

“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?

Proverbs 15:32 ESV / 723 helpful votes

Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV / 720 helpful votes

Let all that you do be done in love.

Luke 1:37 ESV / 715 helpful votes

For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Proverbs 16:28 ESV / 706 helpful votes

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends.

Romans 8:1 ESV / 704 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 10:10 ESV / 662 helpful votes

For they say, “His letters are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech of no account.”

Matthew 23:24 ESV / 654 helpful votes

You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

Ephesians 4:15 ESV / 639 helpful votes

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Proverbs 11:2 ESV / 624 helpful votes

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

Luke 17:3 ESV / 621 helpful votes

Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,

Proverbs 22:24-25 ESV / 596 helpful votes

Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.

Proverbs 27:9 ESV / 592 helpful votes

Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.

2 Kings 2:23-24 ESV / 581 helpful votes

He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 566 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Matthew 18:15 ESV / 564 helpful votes

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.

Romans 2:1-4 ESV / 558 helpful votes

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

Colossians 3:13 ESV / 553 helpful votes

Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Matthew 7:1-2 ESV / 502 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Proverbs 22:10 ESV / 491 helpful votes

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease.

Philippians 2:1-11 ESV / 488 helpful votes

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, ...

Romans 12:2 ESV / 475 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Matthew 10:8 ESV / 473 helpful votes

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

Revelation 1:1 ESV / 414 helpful votes

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

Hebrews 10:25 ESV / 414 helpful votes

Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

1 Peter 2:23 ESV / 360 helpful votes

When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.

John 3:16-17 ESV / 346 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Proverbs 15:31-32 ESV / 346 helpful votes

The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.

Matthew 7:3-5 ESV / 332 helpful votes

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

James 5:9 ESV / 304 helpful votes

Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.

Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV / 299 helpful votes

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Romans 14:1-23 ESV / 295 helpful votes

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. ...

Hebrews 4:12 ESV / 269 helpful votes

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Romans 12:3 ESV / 259 helpful votes

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

John 7:24 ESV / 250 helpful votes

Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

1 Samuel 16:7 ESV / 245 helpful votes

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

1 John 1:9 ESV / 236 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John 3:16 ESV / 233 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 8:28 ESV / 200 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Matthew 4:2 ESV / 200 helpful votes

And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

Romans 3:23 ESV / 188 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 188 helpful votes

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

John 14:6 ESV / 179 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Ephesians 5:25 ESV / 168 helpful votes

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,

Leviticus 20:13 ESV / 168 helpful votes

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

Proverbs 14:1-35 ESV / 151 helpful votes

The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down. Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises him. By the mouth of a fool comes a rod for his back, but the lips of the wise will preserve them. Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox. A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies. ...

Exodus 22:18 ESV / 139 helpful votes

“You shall not permit a sorceress to live.

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